Category Archives: Gospel-centered

Why do I feel so torn?

If you are a teacher in the Church or one who influences other followers of Christ, please make sure they understand the painful reality of the tension they will experience and how torn they will feel because of God’s Spirit living in them. The Christian life is one of tension between the already and the not yet. Continue reading

Posted in Blessed by God, Christian life, Christian worldview, Christianity, Church Leadership, Conflict, Contentment, Depravity, Depression, Despair, Discouragement, Doubt, Encouragement, Eternal life, Eternal security, Faith, God's Patience, God's Heart, God's Love, Gospel, Gospel-centered, Guidelines for living, Holy Spirit, Hope?, Meaning of life, Pastors, Salvation, Sanctification, Spirit filled, Spiritual growth, Spiritual inventory, Spiritual transformation, Suffering, Temptation, Trials | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A perpetual dialogue of gratitude

The Christian life cannot be lived as God intended apart from a perpetual dialogue of gratitude toward God and others. Initiate an intentional dialogue of thankfulness today. What if God made you live today on only those things you thanked Him for yesterday? Continue reading

Posted in Communication, Complaceny, Complaining, Contentment, Depression, Despair, Discouragement, Encouragement, God's Love, God's Will, Gospel-centered, Grace, Gratitude, Love, Spirit filled, Spiritual growth, Spiritual inventory, Spiritual transformation, Thankfulness, Thanksgiving, Walking with God, Will of God | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Troubled dust, but dust that dreams

Rest securely and confidently in what God has done for you in Christ! And remind yourself often that…. Continue reading

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Difficult times

More and more people even in the Church are viewing God as one who ought to secure the good life for them. They think that God should respond to whatever is asked of him or risk disappointment from them. Continue reading

Posted in Christian worldview, Church, Church Leadership, Church membership, Discouragement, Encouragement, End Times, Evangelicals, Gospel-centered, Leadership, Persecuted, Religion-not the answer, Second coming, Self-deception, Selfishness, Suffering, Wisdom | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t let them drag you down

We don’t want to be in the group identified as “grumblers and faultfinders” (Jude 16). Continue reading

Posted in Antagonists, Bitterness, Church Leadership, Church membership, Complaining, Conflict, Contentment, Cynicism, Difficult people, Gospel-centered, Gratitude, Selfishness, Thankfulness | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Let them see it!

Here we learn about non-verbal means of witness that can lead to verbal inquiry from others. Continue reading

Posted in Apologetics, Evangelism, Gospel-centered, Gossip, Persecuted, Witness | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

Therapeutic vs. True Gospel

Jesus Christ died for my sin and the most vivid expression of my sin is my willful self-preoccupation. A gospel message that invites me to stay at the center is not the true gospel. Listen closely to the emphasis when you hear someone invite people to follow Jesus. Continue reading

Posted in Belief, Christian worldview, Christianity, Church Leadership, Church Planting, Confession, Depravity, Disciple-making, Doctrine, Evangelicals, Evangelism, Evil in the world, Faith, God's Love, Gospel, Gospel-centered, Hamartiology, Kingdom, Poor in spirit, Pride, Reconciliation, Religion-not the answer, Repentance, Salvation, Seeker Services, Seeking God, Self esteem, Self love, Self-deception, Selfishness, Sin | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

A therapeutic gospel?

A growing number of pastors are inviting people to come to Jesus on terms that are not consistent with our Lord’s own invitations to follow him. Are we bending and twisting the gospel around the felt needs and expectations of a self-absorbed culture? Continue reading

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What should you expect?

Please take time to listen to this message! Continue reading

Posted in Audio, Audio Resource, Forgiveness, God's Love, Gospel, Gospel-centered, Grace, help for may marriage, Kingdom, marriage problems, Salvation, troubled marriage | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Answering God’s call beyond the walls of the Church

leaders in the Church “need to help our people see that their calling is much bigger than how much time they put into church matters.” Continue reading

Posted in 18 Year factor, Call to ministry, Calling, Contentment, Disciple-making, Evangelism, Fathers, Gospel-centered, Holistic ministry, Missions, Walking with God, Witness, Work | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment